South China Morning Post launches SIGNAL 2.0 to deliver greater personalisation, measurement and optimisation

Hong Kong (October 6  2021) – The South China Morning Post launched the next version of its successful award-winning brand suitability tool SIGNAL 2.0, bolstered with a suite of new functions to help drive optimisation for advertisers and brands. 

Marketing effectiveness and driving impact is essential to marketers. To meet this demand, SCMP Advertising built a proprietary insight and activation technology platform that ensures true performance measurement and enhancement at no extra cost, while aligning with supply path optimization goals and ensuring more media investment is put to work.

SCMP’s SIGNAL has its own viewability and time-in-view measurement for all campaigns and this data has been integrated for optimization and reporting to ensure the Post can deliver quality engagement and post-click action.  This means advertisers can increase their brand familiarity by up to 55% and ad recall by up to 79% with the platform engines’ ability to target ad placements with exposure time beyond five seconds.

Extensive reports and research have shown that one-third of advertising dollars is spent on tech tax, or percentage-wise almost 50% of advertising spend. With the understanding that marketers want to ensure their advertising commitment avoids all possible malicious and fake inventory, SCMP SIGNALensures the immediate identification and exclusion of  spiders &  bot traffic that minimises advertising fraud to help drive effective advertising spend. 

Data collected by the new version of SIGNAL can help brands optimise their activation by making format, content, sentiment recommendations before a campaign goes live by looking at Ad log data from the brand’s  past campaigns as well as aggregated cohort data. Brand Lift studies for all scaled display campaigns have also been introduced to help brands demonstrate the effectiveness of their branding campaigns and measure, awareness, consideration and intent, amongst other insights. 

Ian Hocking, Vice President of Digital said: “This advancement of our proprietary technology clearly demonstrates the value of working directly with a publisher as brands can now reduce their tech costs whilst also driving their overall performance.” 

Timmy Bankole, Associate Director  of Operations said: “SCMP continues to invest in its own advertising technology tools to ensure the best possible result for our advertisers, while ensuring we can continue to provide effective solutions independent of changes to the identity and data privacy marketplace. We also remain committed to transparency and third-party measurement so that brands may measure the uplift for themselves.” 

SCMP SIGNAL 2.0 Factsheet – Activation Optimisation

SCMP’s new version of SIGNAL is essentially one product, with three key features: 

  1.     Brand Suitability 
    • Brand safety 
    • Contextual suitability 
    • Ad Fraud detection – NEW
  2.   Personalisation – NEW 
  3.   Measurement – NEW
    • Viewability 
    • Brand Lift 

SCMP SIGNAL was built in May 2020 and was the first publisher-built brand suitability platform designed to: 

  • Keep brands safe whilst on SCMP across all platforms from the first impression. 

Built into our CMS, SIGNAL scores content as it’s written, so you’re safe the moment an article is published.

  • Determine the true nature of the article utilising our Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) based A.I. through reading article keywords, context and sentiment.
  • Improve your performance by an average of 40% across an average campaign by actively finding content and context that works for you. 
  • Increase your reach of key audiences by an average of 25%. Using SIGNALs improved analytics, we can whitelist more content. 

Understand more about our audiences. SIGNAL data is added to our central customer data platform (CDP) 1PlusX and appended to their unique I.D. This data includes: 

  •       Contextual content consumption. 
  •       Behavioural interest/intent. 
  •       Observed sentiment preference. 
  •       Reading level – Generalist, advanced or expert. 

Since its launch last year, Signal has gained global recognition, winning Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Tech Most Valuable Product Award (2021) and claiming second place at the INMA Global Awards for the ‘Best Use Of Data to Drive Advertising’.

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism. 

ABOUT SCMP ADVERTISING 

SCMP Advertising’s mission is to help partners make an impact on readers who want to understand global issues from an Asian perspective. Our principal focus is to deliver effective and efficient marketing solutions that engage and activate the right audiences through a comprehensive portfolio of integrated offerings – including SCMP Lighthouse, the first Asia publisher built first-party-data platform that offers marketers unparalleled consumer insights to drive efficiencies by enhancing audience targeting, and SCMP Signal, a proprietary brand suitability tool that offers marketers with customisable contextual, keyword & sentiment targeting options. The award-winning studio Morning Studio offers clients with successful bespoke brand-storytelling solutions. Visit advertising.scmp.com for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Stef Lo

Stef.Lo@scmp.com

Tightening regulations, shifting demographics and geopolitical tensions under the spotlight in SCMP’s China Internet Report 2021

HONG KONG, 31 August 2021 – The South China Morning Post released its new annual China Internet Report 2021 today, offering an extensive study on Beijing’s crucial role in shaping the country’s technology ecosystem and unveiling new trends and insights impacting China’s fast-growing internet industry. 

The fourth edition of the China Internet Report examines timely and highly-debated trends in China’s tech industry, analysing risks, challenges and new opportunities as businesses adapt to shifting market dynamics, while revealing emerging new customer segments and demographic shifts. Some of the year’s most significant insights include:

  •    Tightening Regulations on Multiple Fronts: Sweeping regulatory crackdowns since the second half of 2020 have focused on four main areas — antitrust, fintech, data protection, and cryptocurrencies. 
  •   Bumpy Road Ahead for Chinese Tech IPOs: Chinese tech companies weigh the risk of removal and strict regulations by listing overseas for the economic opportunity or join the growing number of companies going public domestically.
  •    Changing Overseas Expansion Plans amid Geopolitical Tensions: Companies are increasingly forced to switch their focus to Southeast Asia or downplay their Chinese origins to look outside their established markets, because of growing tensions between China and other countries.
  •   Shifting Demographics Highlighting Underserved Internet User Segments: The evolving demographic of internet users has created the rise of new niche customer segments. The ‘silver economy’, ‘sheconomy’ and under-penetrated sinking markets in third-tier cities and rural areas are heated battlegrounds for businesses competing for growth.
  •    Growing Focus on Private-domain Traffic: eCommerce brands opt to create private-domain traffic and build direct communication channels with customers because of rising customer acquisition costs.

“Given the sheer size of China’s internet sector and its intertwined relationship with the global financial system, evolving regulations and market fundamentals will have significant implications for the entire world,” said Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post. “This year’s edition provides essential reading on the new phase of change in this digital ecosystem and a curated look behind those trends.”

“Technology transforms how every industry operates in China,” said Edith Yeung, General Partner with Race Capital and co-creator of the China Internet Report. “With over 1,800 companies raising over $41.1 billion in 2020, China is a leading market for technological development and investment, so it’s essential for investors, CEOs and operators to learn and gain insights on the Chinese market to stay ahead of the innovation curve.” 

Race Capital is a supporting partner of the China Internet Report 2021

Download the free China Internet Report 2021 at http://sc.mp/cir-2021. A more comprehensive China Internet Report 2021 Pro Edition is also available for purchase here, which includes additional, exclusive deep-dives into ten key sectors of the tech market with in-depth case studies and expert commentaries that provide unprecedented insights from technology insiders and industry leaders. 

 

China Internet Report 2021 – Executive Summary

The China Internet Report 2021 provides an annual update on the industry and is a must-read for global businesses and investors, finance professionals, policy-makers, marketing, technologists, academics. 

Following a period of rapid growth and innovation, the China internet sector enters a new phase of development with both push and pull factors driving internet companies to evolve. Tightening regulation, increasingly saturated domestic markets with changing demographics, and geopolitical tensions are influencing companies to look outside their established markets, pivot business models, focus on new customer segments, and adapt to shifting dynamics to remain competitive and capture funding opportunities.

China is the world’s biggest digital market with 989 million internet users that is larger than the populations of the U.S.A, Russia, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, and Canada combined. It remains on a growth trend with 85 million new internet users in the past year alone. 

Here are the top five trends from this year’s China Internet Report:

Tightening Regulations on Multiple Fronts

China’s tech industry has been hit by sweeping regulatory crackdowns since the second half of 2020, driven by Beijing’s desire to better align the country’s technology development with national strategic goals and public interests. The tightening has focused on four areas — antitrust, fintech, cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as cryptocurrencies.

Bumpy Road Ahead for Chinese Tech IPOs

Chinese tech companies are facing increasingly difficult decisions on where to go public. Geopolitical tensions and relaxed listing rules in Hong Kong are leading to more listed companies seeking secondary listings closer to home. For start-ups, China’s tightening screws on overseas listings and regulatory oversight in the mainland are adding further complications.

Changing Overseas Expansion Plans amid Geopolitical Tensions

Chinese tech companies are changing their global expansion strategies to cope with intensifying geopolitical tensions. Some find success by switching focus back to Southeast Asia while a new generation downplays their Chinese origins.

Shifting Demographics Highlighting Underserved Internet User Segments

China’s demographics are quickly changing, creating new niche segments to compete over. The silver economy, the sheconomy, and “sinking” markets are three of the most heated battlefronts.

Growing Focus on Private-domain Traffic

E-commerce brands have relied on paid ads offered by platforms to acquire and re-target customers. Slowing growth has pushed up the cost of customer acquisition. Brands are now paying more attention to private-domain traffic as they look to build direct communication channels with customers and engage them directly to drive repeat repurchases.

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. It is the recipient of hundreds of awards for its journalistic excellence, from such prestigious organisations as the World Association of News Publishers and the Online News Association. A digital-first media organisation, SCMP is also home to Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China, and publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.

ABOUT RACE CAPITAL 

Race Capital in an early stage venture capital fund focuses on investing in exceptional founders who are building market-transforming companies in the data, enterprise, infrastructure, and fintech sectors. Our previous investments include FTX, Goodnotes, Opaque Systems, Social Chat, Polysign, Slack (NYSE: WORK), Agora.io (NASDAQ: API), Solana, and many other great companies.

 

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SCMP APPOINTS MAGGIE JONES AS DIRECTOR OF NEWSROOM SYSTEMS

HONG KONG/ NEW YORK, 26 September 2018 – South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Asia’s leading media company, today announced the appointment of Maggie Jones to the new position of Director of Newsroom Systems. Reporting to the Group Director for Technology, Etienne Maccario, Maggie will helm SCMP’s technology teams to drive the development of SCMP’s editorial content creation and workflow systems. Maggie has relocated from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, SCMP’s global headquarters.

Maggie joins SCMP from Tribune Interactive, where she was head of product for their portfolio of web and mobile properties, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, and Baltimore Sun. Maggie started her career as a developer, and found her passion in building exceptional products for content creators. She has led the development from ideation to go-to-market for content management systems and authoring tools across government, retail, and media industries.

“As SCMP continues its transformation, a robust technology backbone is essential to support our expanding portfolio of products and digital footprint,” said Etienne Maccario, SCMP’s Group Director of Technology. “Maggie’s expertise underscores our commitment to editorial and digital excellence and will lead SCMP’s efforts to enhance cross-platform content creation. I am confident that Maggie’s expertise, innovative vision and entrepreneurial spirit will be crucial to SCMP’s journey to becoming a leading global media tech company with a mission to lead the global conversation about China.”

Maggie said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to join the SCMP because the opportunity to be a part of a team with this bold a vision is rare. I look forward to contributing to its transformation into a world-class digital media company.”

 

cpjobs.com Partners with Google to Enrich Job Search Experience

Hong Kong – October 24, 2018 — cpjobs.com, a leading recruitment platform owned by South China Morning Post, announced that the portal has partnered with Google for the introduction of an improved search experience that helps Hong Kong candidates find jobs more quickly and efficiently.

This collaboration ensures Google Search can detect and surface available jobs as soon as they are posted on cpjobs.com, which makes over 51,000 and growing publicly-posted jobs on cpjobs.com more easily identifiable on Google by job seekers who search jobs and refine their search with specific criteria from within the search engine.

“cpjobs.com’s mission is to proactively connect job seekers with recruiters to help them find the right job more quickly and effectively, and this partnership allows us to utilise unique matching intelligence to connect both parties,” said Alex Ho, General Manager of SCMP Recruitment Business. “We’re proud to partner with Google on this initiative as we share the focus on improving the lives of job seekers in Hong Kong.”

“Businesses will also benefit from the new job search experience, which makes job listings of our customers more easily discoverable and allows employers to connect with the right candidates, creating a win-win situation for both job seekers and employers,” he added.

About cpjobs.com cpjobs.com is a leading digital recruitment platform in Hong Kong owned by South China Morning Post Publishers Limited. Our mission is to help job seekers and employers finding their best match more quickly and effectively. We are committed to providing job seekers with the best experience on matching them with fulfilling jobs, and employers and recruitment agencies with solutions that fulfill their hiring needs. To learn more, please visit: www.cpjobs.com

For media inquiry, please email to marketing@cpjobs.com.

SCMP PUBLISHES “100 TOP TABLES 2018,” A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO HONG KONG’S AND MACAU’S BEST RESTAURANTS

 

Hong Kong, 16 March, 2018 – South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, a leading media company in Asia, yesterday announced the launch of the sixth edition of 100 Top Tables – A CEO’s Dining Guide, the definitive chief executive’s guide to the best restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau.

 

Highlighting 100 Hong Kong restaurants and 20 Macau-based restaurants, 100 Top Tables is a comprehensive guide, a must-have for senior executives in the quest to find the best restaurants for business or pleasure. The complete list can be found at the end of this press release and on this site http://www.scmp.com/topics/100-top-tables.

 

The list is thoughtfully categorised by cuisine: Chinese, East/West, French, Italian, Japanese, Steak and Grills, and Western, along with a separate Macau section. SCMP’s food critics and lifestyle experts hand-selected each restaurant, adhering to the primary selection criterion of overall dining experience. While some restaurants are veterans of the guide, others have been newly inducted this year.

 

100 Top Tables provides the reader with an impartial overview of each restaurant, including information on a restaurant’s cuisine and ambiance – from a shortlist of signature dishes and the price of corkage to amenities like valet parking and alfresco dining. Contact details, including a restaurant’s address and hours of operation, are also listed.

 

Mr. Gary Liu, SCMP Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are excited to launch the sixth edition of 100 Top Tables. Through a selection process that reflects SCMP’s commitment to impartiality and integrity, 100 Top Tables celebrates the culinary establishments in Hong Kong and Macau that resolutely strive for excellence.”

 

Ms. Winnie Chung, Editorial Director of Specialist Publications at South China Morning Post, said, “It was a privilege to spearhead this year’s 100 Top Tables, as the past iterations have been so well received. Hong Kong and Macau are vibrant cities housing innumerable top restaurants, making the competition fierce and the selection process challenging. We are confident that we have culled the best of the best in executive dining – those that consistently provide noteworthy culinary experiences – and we’re delighted not only to celebrate them, but also share them with our readers.”

 

100 Top Tables 2018 will be available at major bookstores and supermarkets in Hong Kong at a retail price of HK$168 on March 28. In-store copies can be found at a number of premium airport lounges in Asia and select recreation clubs.

 

– END –

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

South China Morning Post is a leading news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century with global impact. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record. The SCMP teams span across Asia and the United States, working together to connect with news consumers around the world. SCMP is committed to informing and inspiring through journalism of the highest standards. The company’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and its mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”.

SCMP develops news content 24/7, driven by world-class journalists, editors, visual artists, photographers and videographers, all guided by the principle of “Truth and Fairness”. Its editorial teams are powered by emerging digital technologies to create innovative ways to tell Asia’s most important and compelling stories. Against the backdrop of shifting discovery and consumption behaviours, SCMP reaches users across distributed media platforms including scmp.com, smartphone and tablet apps, social media and messaging platforms, as well as our flagship newspaper.

Additionally, SCMP is Asia’s leading magazine publisher with a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR and The PEAK. SCMP is also home to cpjobs.com, a big data-powered recruitment platform that matches jobseekers with their dream jobs.

For further information please contact: communications@scmp.com

 

100 Top Tables 2018 – a CEO’s Dining Guide

 

CHINESE

1. Above & Beyond

2. Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant

3. Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant

4. China Tang Harbour City

5. Cuisine Cuisine

6. Deng G

7. Dong Lai Shun

8. Dragon Noodles Academy

9. Duddell’s

10. Dynasty

11. Elite Dining

12. Forum Restaurant

13. Hoi Wan Heen

14. Howard’s Gourmet

15. Hutong

16. Lung King Heen

17. Man Wah

18. Ming Court

19. Mott 32

20. One Harbour Road

21. Sha Tin 18

22. Shang Palace

23. Sing Yin Cantonese Dining

24. Spring Moon

25. Summer Palace

26. T’ang Court

27. The Chairman

28. The Sky Boss

29. Tin Lung Heen

30. Yan Toh Heen

31. Yè Shanghai

32. Yee Tung Heen

33. Ying Jee Club

     

WESTERN

1. Arcane

2. Chez Ed

3. Frantzén’s Kitchen

4. Gough’s on Gough

5. Hugo’s

6. On Dining Kitchen & Lounge

7. Rhoda

8. The Continental

9. The Verandah

10. Town

11. Restaurant Uwe

12. VEA Restaurant & Lounge

     

 

FRENCH

1. Akrame

2. Amber

3. Amuse Bouche

4. Belon

5. Caprice

6. ÉPURE

7. Gaddi’s

8. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

9. Le 39V

10. Pierre

11. Rech by Alain Ducasse

12. Restaurant Petrus

13. Skye

14. Tate Dining Room & Bar

15. The Ocean

     

ITALIAN

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Hong Kong

2. Angelini

3. Carbone

4. Gaia Ristorante

5. Gradini

6. Grissini

7. Mercato by Jean Georges

8. Nicholini’s

9. Osteria Marzia

10. Sabatini Ristorante Italiano

11. Spiga

12. Tosca

     

JAPANESE

1.ANA TEN

2. Haku

3. Inagiku Grande

4. Kashiwaya

5. Nadaman

6. Nobu

7. Sushi Masataka

8. RyuGin

9. Sushi Shikon

10. Sushi Tokami

11. Kaiseki Den by Saotome

 
     

STEAK AND GRILLS

1.Alto Bar & Grill

2. beefbar

3. Flint Grill & Bar

4. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse

5. Lawry’s The Prime Rib

6. Mandarin Grill + Bar

7. Morton’s of Chicago

8. Mr & Mrs Fox

9. Porterhouse

10. THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill

11. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

 

 

EAST / WEST

1.AQUA

2. Bo Innovation

3. Ronin

4. SEVVA

5. Ta Vie

6. Takumi by Daisuke Mori

     

MACAU

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana

2. Dynasty 8

3. Feng Wei Ju

4. Golden Flower

5. Guincho a Galera

6. Jade Dragon

7. La Chine

8. Lai Heen

9. Mizumi

10. Pearl Dragon

11. Robuchon au Dôme

12. Shinji by Kanesaka

13. SW Steakhouse

14. Tenmasa

15. The 8

16. The Tasting Room

17. Vida Rica

18.Wing Lei Palace

19. Yamazato

20. Zi Yat Heen

 
     

 

INKSTONE, A DIGITAL NEWS BRAND AND PLATFORM LAUNCHED BY SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST,  OFFERS A DAILY LOOK INTO CHINA

NEW YORK, NY / HONG KONG (March 27, 2018) – Inkstone, an English-language news brand and platform covering China, was introduced today by the South China Morning Post, a global media company reporting on China and Asia for over a century.  Available on the web (www.inkstonenews.com), via mobile app (Apple, Google) and through a daily curated newsletter, Inkstone provides a new perspective on today’s China, its relationship with the United States and why this all matters.  Led by Senior Editor Juliana Liu, an alumnus of BBC News and Reuters, the daily brief covers a range of topics – including politics, business, technology and human interest – delivered via editorial and visual storytelling.  Readers can also follow Inkstone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Inkstone’s editorial staff features a team of veteran reporters embedded in China and Hong Kong providing first-hand, on-the-ground coverage of the latest happenings and developments.  Additionally, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Mei Fong, a former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal’s China bureau, will contribute a regular column.

 

“Inkstone is part of the South China Morning Post’s mission to lead the global conversation about China,” said SCMP Chief Executive Officer Gary Liu. “It’s designed for the globally curious who are seeking a variety of perspectives on China’s evolving role on the world stage and also want to understand the country from within.”

 

“I’m thrilled to be leading a daily platform dedicated to covering so many different facets of the China story, with a plurality of voices and views,” said Inkstone Senior Editor Juliana Liu, who has reported on China from three different continents for more than 15 years. “What sets Inkstone apart is our network of locally based journalists, who can deliver personal, authentic and close-to-the-ground views on what’s happening. If you want the inside scoop on China, this is where to get it.”

“Inkstone is designed as a daily briefing of China-focused news and stories,” said Malcolm Ong, Head of Product at SCMP and Inkstone. “With clear and concise analysis, it compiles what you need to understand about China that day into a consumable package. Make it a part of your daily routine, and stay on top of China — a rising potential superpower.”

 

Inkstone is SCMP’s second news product delivering China stories to U.S. and global audiences. Earlier this month, the company launched Abacus, a news brand covering the China tech industry.  Led by Executive Producer Ravi Hiranand, formerly of CNN, Abacus offers an insider’s look at the China tech revolution, highlighting the key players, emerging companies, hottest gadgets, and more.


Quick facts about today’s China

  • China plans to become a global leader in political, economic, military and environmental issues over the next three decades
  • China will have the world’s largest economy by 2030
  • China purchased $165 billion in goods and services from the United States in 2015, representing 7.3 percent of all US exports and about 1 percent of total US economic output
  • By 2030, US exports to China are expected to rise to more than $520 billion
  • China is the second-largest spender on research and development (R&D) after the US, accounting for 21% of the world’s total of nearly $2 trillion in 2015

 

Sources: World Economic Forum / US-China Business Council


ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

South China Morning Post is a leading news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century with global impact. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record. The SCMP teams span across Asia and the United States, working together to connect with news consumers around the world. SCMP is committed to informing and inspiring through journalism of the highest standards. The company’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and its mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. SCMP develops news content 24/7, driven by world-class journalists, editors, visual artists, photographers and videographers, all guided by the principle of “Truth and Fairness”. Its editorial teams are powered by emerging digital technologies to create innovative ways to tell Asia’s most important and compelling stories. Against the backdrop of shifting discovery and consumption behaviours, SCMP reaches users across distributed media platforms including scmp.com, smartphone and tablet apps, social media and messaging platforms, as well as our flagship newspaper. Additionally, SCMP is Asia’s leading magazine publisher with a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR and The PEAK. SCMP is also home to cpjobs.com, a big data-powered recruitment platform that matches jobseekers with their dream jobs.

 

CONTACTS:  

Telly Wong, IW Group, (646) 979-8959, telly.wong@iwgroupinc.com

Ryosuke Hoshiyama, IW Group, (917) 302-5031, ryosuke.hoshiyama@iwgroupinc.com  

 

China’s Internet Landscape Explained: How it’s Reshaping the lives of 772m Internet Users – Abacus News, 500 Startups and South China Morning Post Release 2018 China Internet Report

 

HONG KONG, July 10, 2018 — During the RISE international tech conference today, the 2018 China Internet Report [www.abacusnews.com/china-internet-report/] was released exclusively on Abacus, a new media platform from the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Covering twelve industries, this hundred-page report summarizes China’s dynamic internet industry for international readers.

 

China’s internet is now ubiquitous across the country’s industries and population, and it continues to change and grow. The report includes key information about China’s internet landscape, including lists of Chinese unicorns, the country’s top internet companies and most active investors, and a side by side comparison of the internet population in China and the US. The report begins with a summary of four overarching themes that captures the uniqueness of China’s tech industry growth over the past year. It then delves more deeply into 12 sectors of importance: ecommerce, content & media, social & messaging, sharing economy, artificial intelligence, smart devices, autonomous cars, blockchain, fintech, education, gaming and esports.

 

Here are some key takeaways from the report:  

  • Chinese internet giants are doing everything: In China, it’s not enough to do one thing well — the internet giants have decided to do everything. BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) have exposure to most key sectors by either building in-house or through investment. BAT is also growing beyond the domestic market; combined, the big three have had invested in 150 companies outside of mainland China.
  • Chinese internet companies are playing an important role empowering the country’s next wave of development: 490K online shops are run by rural households and 55M rural students are reachable by live-streaming classes.
  • China is a cashless society: China’s total mobile payment transaction volume hit $15 trillion USD in 2017 with the Alibaba-Tencent duopoly dominating 92% of the market.
  • Retail digitization adds new form of O2O: Online grocery is expected to become a $30 billion USD business in 2018; major players like Tencent, JD, and Alibaba are all making significant investments in new forms of online-to-offline (O2O) grocery stores.
  • Short video apps captured the most eyeballs in 2018: Over 230M people in China are actively using Kuaishou, the country’s leading short video app; Douyin, China’s second most popular short video app, was the most downloaded iOS app in Q1 2018 globally, beating out YouTube, WhatsApp, and Facebook.
  • China remains the world’s largest gaming market and is still growing: China captured US$30.8 billion in gaming revenue in 2017, which is more than one-fourth of total global gaming revenue. In China, more than 200M viewers tune in to esports via live streaming each year. Top Chinese game streaming sites each have more active streamers than Twitch has.
  • Artificial intelligence is one of the Chinese government’s key priorities: Autonomous driving, computer vision and voice intelligence are among the areas of focus.
  • Chinese people love cryptocurrencies, but the government doesn’t:  A few Chinese cryptocurrencies have reached over $1 billion in market cap. The Chinese government wants to be a front-runner in blockchain technology, but has completely banned crypto trading.

 

The annual report was introduced by 500 Startups in 2017. Featured exclusively this year on Abacus, SCMP’s digital news brand focused on China tech, it offers comprehensive coverage of China’s internet trends with insights from professional tech editors, and the summary microsite is designed by SCMP’s award-winning infographics team.

 

“The China Internet Report provoked a massive response last year among the international business and technology communities. This year, I am excited to partner with the Abacus and the SCMP Tech team in our mission to help the world better understand China Internet landscape,” said Edith Yeung, Partner and Head of China at 500 Startups.

 

“Abacus is all about unboxing China tech for the rest of the world, and this report fits that mission,” said Ravi Hiranand, Executive Producer of Abacus. “China’s internet population is huge and its tech sector is vast, but this report helps to break it down by giving you a curated look at key trends and companies that you need to know.”

 

“The China Internet Report is the most in-depth and visually accessible deep-dive available to the global audience,” said Chua Kong Ho, SCMP’s Technology Editor. “What sets it apart is that we are marrying the first-hand industry knowledge of 500 Startups with original, on-the-ground reporting from the South China Morning Post and Abacus.”

 

The full report is available for free download on Abacus.

 

For more details and the full report, please visit www.abacusnews.com/china-internet-report/.

 

ABOUT ABACUS NEWS

 

Launched in March 2018 by the South China Morning Post, Abacus offers an insider’s look at the China tech revolution, highlighting the key players, emerging companies, hottest gadgets, and more through editorial and multimedia storytelling. Abacus is led by Ravi Hiranand, who joined SCMP’s editorial leadership from CNN.

 

ABOUT 500 STARTUPS

 

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ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.

 

CONTACT

 

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Times Bridge and South China Morning Post Announce Strategic Partnership

MUMBAI / HONG KONG (October, 2018) – Times Bridge, the global investments and partnerships arm of The Times Group, India’s oldest and largest media company, and South China Morning Post (SCMP), a leading global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century, today announced a strategic partnership.

As a part of this alliance, select content from SCMP will be published on Times of India’s digital, mobile and web platforms, and Times of India will be SCMP’s primary partner in India for content syndication. This partnership will be the first of its kind between SCMP and any media company in India. The unique alliance will give Times of India’s readers access to international news from China and Hong Kong.

India has the world’s second largest English-speaking population and a rapidly expanding internet user base, which is expected to reach 850 million by 2022. This partnership is a bold step towards the growing base of Times of India’s digital platforms, which has a significant number of monthly readers across web and mobile.

SCMP is undergoing a significant transformation as it expands from being Hong Kong’s paper of record to a global media company. It has added three digital media platforms to its portfolio – Abacus, Inkstone and Goldthread – and entered into partnerships with key media around the globe. This partnership also bolsters SCMP’s recent expansion in the Southeast Asia region, which includes new hires and its first China Conference outside of Hong Kong, to be held in Kuala Lumpur this October.

Margot Ling, GM, Greater China, Times Bridge, said, “It brings us immense pleasure to be a part of this unique alliance. In this era of connected worlds, Indian readers are always on the lookout for news from across the globe, and this partnership will enable them to easily access content from Greater China, due to Times of India’s high reach.”

“As an independent, English newspaper reporting on China, India is a natural market for SCMP,” noted Gary Liu, CEO, SCMP. “In our increasingly interconnected world, this partnership will give Times of India readers further insight into China and will continue to expand SCMP’s global reach.”

Puneet Gupt, COO – News, Times Internet, said, “As the leading digital news platform in India, Times Of India is dedicated to bringing both local and global insights to its readers. This strategic partnership with SCMP creates a gateway for our readers to understand more about Greater China via our digital platforms.

About Times Bridge

Times Bridge is a leading investments firm with a mission to bring the world’s best ideas to India and share India’s best insights with the world. Its current portfolio includes Airbnb, Coursera, Houzz, Uber, Thrive and MUBI, among others. By providing unmatched market leadership to its select partners and by harnessing the assets of The Times Group, India’s largest media company, Times Bridge accelerates growth and immersion across the Indian subcontinent for leaders who believe in winning in and learning from India.

For more information, visit http://timesbridge.com and follow @timesbridge on Twitter.

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and its mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world, and Goldthread, a social first, video-driven platform created for digital explorers and the globally curious.

For further information please contact:

Times Bridge

Khushboo Alag | 7709605805 | khushboo@nucleusnow.com

Swati Jhawar | 8336042623 | swati@nucleusnow.com

South China Morning Post

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SCMP Launches Morning Studio

HONG KONG (OCT 22, 2018) South China Morning Post (SCMP) has just launched Morning Studio, a dedicated branded content team that is leading the evolution of marketing in the region by more strategically connecting advertisers with readers through enhanced content solutions offerings.

“Morning Studio” is named for the optimism and fresh ideas that each day offers and because of its role as the creative arm of the “Morning Post”. Over the past century, SCMP has established itself as the authoritative voice charting Asia’s endless possibilities, and now Morning Studio is bringing others into these conversations that will brand the next century.

Morning Studio is the latest in innovations at SCMP designed to lead the news industry amidst a rapidly evolving digital consumption landscape. Earlier this year, SCMP launched new digital products, Inkstone (daily-digest China stories), Abacus (China Tech) and Goldthread (food and culture). The launch of Morning Studio also comes on the same day as SCMP unveils its brand new homepage. With personalised settings powered by AI to deliver the most interesting stories to individual users, brands can now identify their targeted audience more precisely and effectively on SCMP.com.

“Morning Studio is the capstone of this grand platform that connects readers and advertisers around the globe who want to be a part of the conversation about China that the SCMP is leading,” said Romanus Ng, SCMP’s General Manager of Advertising & Marketing Solutions. “Morning Studio helps advertisers to not only reach, but also to engage these unique Asia-curious audiences.”

“Content builds relationships – Morning Studio helps brands build content strategy on our platform that will form stronger bonds with their target customers,” said Karrie Lam, Head of Sales and Marketing Solutions at SCMP and curator of Morning Studio.  “We are excited about the many mornings that lie ahead where our creative ideas help connect readers and advertisers.”

In 2009 SCMP led the industry in setting up the Marketing Solutions Team, and now Morning Studio has incorporated this award-winning group to pioneer the next frontier. Morning Studio brings together world class branding strategists, multimedia designers, audio/video producers, and editorial experts who have a deep understanding of SCMP’s readers. Morning Studio’s online content can be enhanced by offline offerings such as sponsored supplements, bespoke publications and customised events.

“Morning Studio provides a platform for 360° content creation with a truly multimedia approach to creating experiences and telling stories,” said Michala Sabnani, Branded Content Director. “Our branded content is crafted with SCMP’s highest editorial standards and enhanced by the unique voice of the particular SCMP platform on which it is featured, whether that is SCMP.com, Abacus, Inkstone or Goldthread.”

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2018 Awards

WAN-IFRA 17th Asian Media Awards 2018 (5 wins)

Best in Design

  • Gold Award: Sunday Morning Post (5 Mar 2017)

Magazine Overall Design

  • Gold Award: Post Magazine (17 Sep 2017)

Magazine Cover Design

  • Silver Award: How to lose friends and alienate people (This Week in Asia 12 Mar 2017)

Best in Infographics

  • Gold Award: Getting to grips with North Korea
  • Silver Award: What’s in a face?

INMA Global Media Awards 2018 (3 wins)

  • Best in Asia/Pacific, Global/National Brands: South China Morning Post (Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund JumpStarter)
  • First Place – Best Marketing Solution for an Advertising Client (Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Jumpstarter 2017)
  • Honourable Mention – Best Use of Mobile (HK Racing)

SOPA Awards 2018 (4 wins)

Excellence in Information Graphics

  • Award for Excellence: What happens in the cage, stays in the cage – Marcelo Duhalde and Dennis Wong
  • Honorable Mention: What’s in a face? – Marco Hernandez and Marcelo Duhalde

Excellence in Video Reporting

  • Honorable Mention: Chinese roots – Lea Li and Bernice Chan

The Scoop Award

  • Honorable Mention: Party promotions – SCMP Staff Reporters

Global BIGGIES Awards 2018 (6 wins)

Excellence in Data Analytics, Group A

  • Second Place: Implementation of Data Management Platform 

Excellence in Data-driven Advertising Campaign

  • First Place: Retargeting Campaign Roll-out with Data to Maximize Reach and Conversion

Excellence in Data-driven Business Process Efficiency

  • Award of Excellence: Strengthening Data Culture at SCMP 

Excellence in Data-Driven Product Development, Group A

  • Second Place: Leveraging Data for A/B Testing 

Excellence for Creativity in a Data-Driven Project

  • Second Place: ETL without a data engineer 

Excellence in Data-driven Technology

  • Award of Excellence: Implementation of GCS to increase reliance on data across the organization

Society for News Design (SND) – Best of Digital Design 2017 Edition (18 wins)

Features: Single-subject project

  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – The good wine
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Valentines Day
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – The five main projects of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics

Graphics: Features and planned coverage

  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Getting away from work in 2018
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Are we alone?
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – The good wine
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Land of the giants
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – The power of your passport
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Plugging China into Europe
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Mixed Martial Arts
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Russia 2018 World Cup
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – They are very close… and you can’t escape them

Graphics: Motion graphics

  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Mixed Martial Arts: What happens in the cage… stays in the cage

Portfolio: Individual

  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Marco Hernandez Portfolio
  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – Marcelo Duhalde Portfolio

Portfolio: Organization

  • Award of Excellence: South China Morning Post – The South China Morning Post Graphics Team

Society for News Design (SND) Award 39th Edition (2017) (31 wins)

Information Graphics [Single] Features

  • Award of Excellence: What’s in a face – Macro Hernandez, Marcelo Duhalde
  • Award of Excellence: A dog’s life – Marcelo Duhalde
  • Award of Excellence: Divine Creations – Marco Hernandez
  • Award of Excellence: Away from work – Marco Hernandez
  • Award of Excellence: On the road – Marco Hernandez, Marcelo Duhalde, Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: Trump’s global empire – Marcelo Duhalde
  • Award of Excellence: A world of graft – Dennis Wong
  • Award of Excellence: The power of your passport – Marco Hernandez

Information Graphics [Single] Local

  • Award of Excellence: Endless duty – Marcelo Duhalde

Information Graphics [Single] Other

  • Award of Excellence: They are very close – Adolfo Arranz

Information Graphics [Single] Nation & World

  • Award of Excellence: China’s rain dance – Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: How China Invests in America – Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: Iphone 10 years – Adolfo Arranz

Information Graphics [Single] Nation & World

  • Award of Excellence: Money in Your Pocket – Marcelo Duhalde

Information Graphics [Single] Sports

  • Award of Excellence: What happens in the cage stays in the cage – Marcelo Duhalde, Dennis Wong
  • Award of Excellence: How they score – Marco Hernandez

News Design [Pages] A-Section/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence : The rise of Islamic State in Southeast Asia – Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: China’s rain dance – Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: Deportations from the U.S. – Marcelo Duhalde
  • Award of Excellence: What’s in a face – Macro Hernandez, Marcelo Duhalde

News Design [Pages] Business/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence: Iphone 10 years – Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: How China Invests in America – Adolfo Arranz

News Design [Pages] Sports/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence: What happens in the cage stays in the cage – Marcelo Duhalde, Dennis Wong

News Design [Pages] Inside page/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence : The rise of Islamic State in Southeast Asia – Adolfo Arranz

News Design [Pages] Other/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence: They are very close – Adolfo Arranz

Features Design [Pages] Other/Broadsheet

  • Award of Excellence: What happens in the cage stays in the cage – Marcelo Duhalde, Dennis Wong

Combination Print & Digital Features

  • Award of Excellence: Getting to Grips with North Korea – Marcelo Duhalde, Macro Hernandez, Adolfo Arranz
  • Award of Excellence: The power of your passport – Marco Hernandez

Illustration Features/Color

  • Award of Excellence: Beyond the Great Divide – Kaliz Lee

Information Graphics [Multiple] Staff Portfolio

  • Award of Excellence: On the Road – Marco Hernandez, Marcelo Duhalde, Adolfo Arranz

Photography [Multiple Photos] Photo Page Design

  • Award of Excellence: Faces caught in the crowd – Emilio Rivera, Yves Sieur

The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong – Hong Kong News Awards 2017 (9 wins)

Best News Reporting

  • Merit: Party Congress – Choi Chi-yuk, Viola Zhou, Nectar Gan, Jun Mai

Best News Writing (English)

  • Winner: Rags among the riches – Phila Siu

Best Business News Writing (English)

  • Winner: The winner techs it all – Coco Liu
  • 2nd Runner-up: Last brokers to turn off lights on 126 years of floor trading – Enoch Yiu

Best Headline (English)

  • 2nd Runner-up: He said, Xi said – Debasish Roy Chowdhury

Best News Page Design (Single Page)

  • Winner: A dog’s life – Marcelo Duhalde
  • Merit: Get smart, Hong Kong – Dennis Wong

Best Photograph (News)

  • Merit: Activist Joshua Wong’s political career by jail term for his role in an illegal protest that triggered the 2014 Occupy sit-ins – K.Y. Cheng

Best Photograph (Features)

  • 1st Runner-up: Congealed lumps of palm oil prove white terror of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour after leak from ship collision – Nora Tam

Hong Kong Press Photographers Association – Focus on the Frontline 2017 (3 wins)

Sport News

  • 2nd Prize: Sam Tsang

Portrait

  • 3rd Prize: Nora Tam

Nature & Environment

  • 3rd Prize: Sam Tsang

26th Malofiej International Infographics Awards 2017 (7 wins)

Printed Graphics

Features – Sports

  • Silver Award: What happens in the cage, stays in the cage
  • Bronze Award: How they score

Features – Science, Technology, Medical and Health issues

  • Silver Award: They are very close…

Features – World and Nation

  • Bronze Award: What’s in a face

Features – Travel, Transportation, Cars and Environment

  • Bronze Award: Divine Creations

Portfolios – Features Portfolio

  • Bronze Award: Features portfolio South China Morning Post

Online Graphics

Features – Travel, Transportation, Cars and Environment

  • Bronze Award: The tallest statues in the world

18th Consumer Rights Reporting Awards (2 wins)

Text (News/Features/Commentaries)

  • Bronze Award: The cost of service – Sandy Li

Press Photo

  • Silver Award: Dickson Lee

6th HKAIM Media Convergence Awards (13 wins)

  • Top 10 Media: South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award – Overall Excellence: South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Newspaper Category (Overall) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Newspaper Category (Website) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Newspaper Category (Mobile) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Newspaper Category (Social Media) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Overall Media (Website) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Overall Media (Mobile) – South China Morning Post
  • Silver Award: Overall Media (Social Media) – South China Morning Post
  • Gold Award: Monthly Magazine Category (Social Media) – Elle
  • Bronze Award: Monthly Magazine Category (Social Media) – Harper’s Bazaar
  • Bronze Award: Monthly Magazine Category (Website) – Elle
  • Bronze Award: Monthly Magazine Category (Website) – Harper’s Bazaar

Marketing Magazine’s The Spark Awards 2018 (8 wins)

Best Social Media Event

  • Gold: ELLE Girl – ELLE Hong Kong (SCMP Hearst Hong Kong)

Best Use of Content

  • Gold: ELLE Girl – ELLE Hong Kong (SCMP Hearst Hong Kong)

Best Media Campaign – Experiential

  • Gold: LANDMARK Christmas 2017 – South China Moring Post (South China Morning Post Publishers – Marketing Solutions)

Best Partnership Strategy

  • Silver: Esquire x ELLE MEN Sands Macau Project – Esquire / ELLE MEN (SCMP Hearst)

Best Use of Small Budget

  • Silver: Why don’t you… – Harper’s Bazaar HK (Harper’s BAZAAR HK)

Best Function Activation

  • Bronze: Cosmo x PLAN Run for Girls 2018 – Cosmopolitan HK (Cosmopolitan HK)

Best Media Campaign – Print

  • Bronze: LANDMARK “A Year of Wisdom” Campaign – South China Morning Post (South China Morning Post Publishers – Marketing Solutions)

Best Media Campaign – Social

  • Bronze: Celine x ELLE Campaign – ELLE Hong Kong (SCMP Hearst Hong Kong)